This first picture is for Siobhan (it's the Delaware Memorial Bridge). Yesterday I headed to the Cape again, and it was a blessedly uneventful trip. I've done the trip enough to know what radio stations to tune in to as I drive: 104.5 around Phila., 89.9 around NY (a good hour of 1930s music by Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong and others); 95.5 around Providence; 93.1 around Boston. *The title of today's post is from Dala, two Canadian women singing "Alive" on 93.1 (WUMB--U Mass Boston). You can stream this station.
I needed to feel fearless: my dad and I headed into Boston today. I don't know Boston well, so even though I'm comfortable driving in and around cities, I wasn't so comfortable here. Actually, I don't know Boston AT ALL. While I grew up 70 miles from Boston, we seldom went there, except on the occasional class trip. then I moved away. Dad goes for an annual checkup at Brigham & Women's Hospital, and my mom always went with him, so I filled in this time, the main reason for the trip.
Everything turned out great: he's fine, Boston drivers were on their best behavior today (or they were worried about the erratic driving of the Virginia car), and we got out safely--and to Plymouth just in time for a trip to The Sampler and dinner.
I met the owner, Bonnie, who is as nice as can be. This is just one of the sampler walls. I wish I had taken even more photos, but I had left my dad in the car, and I didn't want to keep him waiting when he was hungry and tired from his day.
This is a Chessie & Me pattern called Liberty Mill Sampler--possibly out of print?
Another Chessie & Me: "Blessings of the Bees."
This is "My Friend." Although Bonnie told me who the designer is, I can't remember (must take notes!) Do any of you know who designed this?
This is the "Nancy Tucker Sampler" by Handwork Samplers. I snagged one of these--you'll be seeing this start soon. The letters and numbers are cross stitched, and the scene at the bottom is embroidered. The background is satin stitch. It's charted for NPI
Does anyone know who the designer of this might be? Or its name? [Edited to add: Thank you, Cindy!!!! It is indeed a Words of Praise design, which I was able to confirm on the net. Its name is, not surprisingly, "Nativity."] I rushed out before I thought to ask. I love it--it's so different. Thank you, Bonnie, for being so kind, and for having some beautiful models to drool over!
To my sister, meet your new little sister. Isn't she beeeyootiful? She says that Dad likes her better than he likes you and me. LOL!
There, that's better.
See you tomorrow with a new (smallish) start, but no fishing.